No trading for me this week as I’m busy preparing for our Trading day on Thursday and going away on holiday on Saturday.  So I’m sure I’ve missed some cracking opportunities for pips but they’ll be there again. 

Anyway whilst perusing certain blogs and websites I came across this piece posted on TraderToms website. 

From Dennis Gartman Newsletter:


Our old friend, Paul Tudor Jones, is to our mind the best trader we’ve known in our long tenure in the business. No one has greater instincts than has Paul, and his clients have been served very, very well over the years he’s run money. Further, charities around the world have been ever better served, for Paul has used his wealth to the benefit of many. But it is his thinking about markets that we acknowledge here today, for we were sent the following comment by Paul regarding trading that we think everyone must read and consider.

He said:  

I see the younger generation [of hedge fund managers] hampered by the need to understand and rationalize why something should go up or down. Usually, by the time that becomes self-evident, the move is already over.

When I got into the business, there was so little information on fundamentals, and what little information one could get was largely imperfect. We learned just to go with the chart. Why work when Mr. Market can do it for you?

These days, there are many more deep intellectuals in the business, and that, coupled with the explosion of information on the Internet, creates the illusion that there is an explanation for everything.. There are young men and women graduating from college who have a tremendous work ethic, but they get lost trying to understand the logic behind a whole variety of market moves. [At the end of a bull market or bear market] there’s typically no logic to it; irrationality reigns supreme, and no class can teach you what to do during that brief, volatile, reign.  

Read this, and read it again…and when done, read it again. There is wisdom here. We are, in our opinion, seeing the end of the reign of the model driven, computer driven, ex-phsyics professor driven era of trading, and we are seeing a return to thematic, macro driven trading instead. The era of the quant is likely behind us; the return to the era of the likes of Julian Robertson and Paul Tudor Jones lies ahead. Rather than computer driven trading we are going to see thematic driven trading once again, and we take solace in that notion.

I think the piece is fantastic for several reasons.  Firstly it’s from Paul Tudor Jones an acknowledged Market Wizard.  Secondly it confirms my own thoughts and feelings about the markets (phew).  Namely that there are lots of times when I look at the market and haven’t got a clue what is going on.  People ask me all the time about what Cable will do or why did EURODollar drop etc.  They’re always disappointed when I give a wee gallic shrug and say I have no idea what will happen. Because a lot of the times I don’t.    After all I’m a Trader not an analyst; I just trade what I see, take my set-ups and manage my risk.

 Sometimes things happen in the markets for no apparent reason yet there’s a whole industry trying to rationalise it and explain a move in logical terms when there is no explanation.

Trade well!


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  1. tradercobba Says:

    I love it, I love it, I love it!!!

    I agree with it also.

    Enjoy the holiday Paul.




  2. Allison Yannakis Says:

    Thank you, now I dont feel so “stuipid”. Sometimes I think I am not smart enough to trade because I dont understand all the fundamentals but as you point out – trade what you see, dont try and understand the markets because you never will – dont worry about the latest piece of technology or the latest article of someone analysising the market – just trade what you see.

    KISS – Keep it Simple Stupid!

    Sometimes I feel like I have analysis paralysis and confuse myself!



  3. FXTraderPaul Says:

    Hey Allison,
    I fully endorse the KISS principle in trading. Trade what you see, manage your risk and be discipline and consistent in your approach.

    Just have yourself a very simple plan that fits your personality and you can execute cleanly day after day.

    Keep up the good work!

    FXTrader Paul



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